‘Give up women? Are you mad!’
About the opera
Womanising aristocrat Don Giovanni lives a life of debauchery and pleasure, seducing and abandoning women wherever he goes. But when a seduction goes horribly wrong, he finally finds himself in a situation he cannot charm his way out of.
The Don Juan legend takes breathless and exhilarating form in Mozart’s tragicomedy – a work ETA Hoffmann once called ‘The opera of all operas’. Shakespearean in its breadth of emotion, Don Giovanni slips from laughter and physical farce to brutal psychodrama in a second, a dramatic whirlpool whose inexorable tug pulls both its hero and audience down further and further towards its explosive conclusion. A score of singular power drives the action forwards, seducing its listeners with serenades and love-songs, richly layered ensembles and intricate finales. At the centre of it all is the Don himself, a musical cipher as charismatic as he is unknowable.
Mariame Clément directs Glyndebourne’s first new Don Giovanni in over a decade. Rising-star conductor Evan Rogister makes his Festival debut.
A new production for Festival 2023. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Andrei Bondarenko (27 June & 2, 8 July)
Filming supported by Brian Mitchell Charitable Settlement
Illustration © Katie Ponder